Saturday June 14th didn’t disappoint providing the warm temperatures forecast which resulted in large crowds descending on the Curraheen Showgrounds. There was a strong representation of Dairy Shorthorns present, with John and Norma Faulkner handed the responsibility to decide placings. It was a successful day for the Carter family for whom Ransboro Sabina won the Overall Dairy Shorthorn Champion and also the Interbreed Champion.
Heifer calf class: 1st Ransboro Blossom 20th x Churchroyd Gordon for the Carter family, Gillian Smith was 2nd and 3rd respectively with two nice calves. The calf in second in particular, Hilltown Cheshire generating plenty of comment.
Maiden heifer class: 1st The Carter family, 2nd The Carter family, 3rd Gillian Smith. Three nice heifers all showing promise to develop into nice cows.
Next up was the 100% pure Pedigree Shorthorn Cow class, Jimmy O’ Donovan placed first and second in this with two very sound roan cows. 1st Gortnamona Pansy 8th x Courtover Fellow, 2nd Gortnamona Pansy 9th x Wreay Roseman, Gillian Smith was 3rd
In the Senior Cow class The Carter family placed first and second with a 6th and 8th calver respectively, both cows demonstrating the Shorthorns longevity and durability. Gillian Smith was 3rd with a nice young cow that shows promise for the future.
Junior Champion was awarded to the winner of the heifer calf class, Ransboro Blossom 20th
Senior Champion was awarded to the winner of the Senior cow class, Ransboro Sabina. A classy cow who showed herself tremendously well all day, enjoying her moment in the sun.
Reserve Champion went to Jimmy O’Donovan and Gortnamona Pansy 8th. A nice bodied cow who demonstrated great Shorthorn character.
The judging finished in the Shorthorn ring but there was still a wait until the Interbreed Championship. At four o’clock the Interbreed commenced, it had been a long day and early start for everyone involved (both owners and stock) but from a Shorthorn point of view it was worth the wait when Ransboro Sabina was crowned Interbreed Champion. A great show case for the Shorthorn breed and a tremendous advert for Dairy Shorthorn cattle in Ireland. Congratulations to all exhibitors on the day and a special thank you to John and Norma Faulkner who made the long journey down from County Cavan to judge on the day.